The moment of truth has arrived for Shakira. The Colombian singer gave her second interview since breaking up with Gerard Pique late last year.
In a conversation with Mexican journalist Enrique Acevedo of the Televisa network, she explained how the separation affected her, especially since it was due to an infidelity.
She stated that she has had to learn to rebuild herself after something that seemed like a tragedy in her personal life.
The interview generated great expectation, as it premiered on Mexican television, YouTube and streaming, which ended up saturated due to the number of people interested in knowing her truth.
The interview was recorded in Barcelona last week, but the worldwide premiere was scheduled for Monday night, according to the journalist.
The role of women in contemporary society
In the first fragment of the talk, Shakira recognized the importance of women being able to tell their stories and support each other.
“Through my songs I have always felt the duty to use my voice and lend it to those who cannot speak,” Shakira said. “I have realized that women are at a key moment for society, at a point where the support we can receive from each other is very relevant.
“And as Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State used to say: ‘There is a place reserved in hell for those women who do not support others.’”
Shakira also gave her version of how the success from “Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53” has changed her life.
Shakira: Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 53
“I’m right in the center of the debate because of this song,” Shakira said.
Shakira stated that the song is a raw piece of expression from what she felt after her split from the former soccer player. She also revealed the impact she suffered from seeing her life as a couple fall apart and ending the dream of a happy family.
“I also bought the story that a woman needs a man to complete herself, a family,” Shakira said. “I too had that dream of having a family, where the children would have a father and a mother under the same roof.
“Not all dreams in life are fulfilled, but life finds a way to make it up to you somehow and I think with me it has more than made up for it with these two wonderful children who fill me with love every day and I have also found that that fable where a woman needs a man is false.”
Shakira admits emotional dependence
Shakira also spoke on how she must reconstruct her pesonal like now that she is no longer emotionally dependent on Pique.
“I have always been emotionally dependent on men, I have to confess,” she said. “I have been in love with love and I think I have been able to understand that story from another perspective.
“Today I feel that I am enough for myself and I believe that when a woman faces the onslaughts of life she comes out stronger and when she comes out stronger it is because she has known her own weaknesses, accepts her vulnerability, expressing that which she feels, that pain, because they say that ‘the opposite of depression is expression’, I have managed to feel that I am enough, something I thought I could never do. Now I feel complete.
“I feel that I depend on myself and I also have two children who depend on me and I feel that I have to be stronger than a lioness, but that strength to be true has to be the result of living a mourning of accepting it, of tolerating frustration, of accepting that there are things that one does not want, that there are dreams that are broken, that you have to pick up the little pieces from the ground and rebuild yourself again.”
A recording session with Bizarrap
Finally, Shakira talked about the artistic help Bizarrap gave her to express her pain and turn it into Music Sessions #53, which has become a worldwide smash hit.
“Someone had to take a picture of the day I worked with Bizarrap,” Shakira said. “A before and after because I went into the studio one way and came out another.
“It’s one of those things I’m grateful to Biza for, that he gave me that space, that opportunity to let off steam and yes it was a great outlet for my own recovery process. I think I would be in a very different place if I hadn’t had the opportunity to express myself with that song.”
Shakira recently released another song with fellow Colombian artist Karol G that also touches on her breakup.